Monday Reading Check In

I received a complimentary eARC of THE PERFECT DAUGTHER by D. J. Palmer. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley!

Hello and happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a good start! This Monday started ridiculously early for me for no good reason, but at least that means that I got to spend some time snuggled up with my pup and my books and my coffee before really starting my day! While I may be dragging by the end of the day, it isn’t a bad way to start a new week, especially since I’m really excited about my current reads!

February reading has been good for me with a few readathons helping motivate me to take down my massive TBR. I was looking through my Netgalley shelf when a friend just happened to mention how much she liked D. J. Palmer’s new book so I immediately decided to start THE PERFECT DAUGTHER. Grace found four year old Penny abandoned in a park in the middle of a rain storm and immediately sees in her the potential daughter she’s always wanted. In time her family takes her in and adopts her. Little did they know how complicated their lives would become.

Jumping forward in time, Penny is now a teenager. When the police show up at Grace’s door they tell her that her daughter has been arrested for murder. There doesn’t seem to be any doubt as to her guilt, but which “her” was it? Penny has been diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (commonly known as multiple personality disorder) and has a few identifiable alternate identities. Penny (or Eve as she is currently presenting) is committed to a state psychiatric hospital for further evaluation.

The book is jumping back and forth in time to give us Penny’s background, the time of her arrest and commitment, and also her brother’s journal a year and a half later as he attempts to answer the question of why his sister killed – is she sick or is she evil? DID is a much debated diagnosis and I’m really intrigued to see where the author takes it! THE PERFECT DAUGHTER is out 4/20/2021!

In other reading, I am also working my way through WARBREAKER by Brandon Sanderson on audio. I watched the Oathbringer Live Show last week for the Stormlight Archive Readalong and they strongly suggested catching up on some of Brandon Sanderson’s backlist Stormlight Archive books before getting into Rhythm of War. So, why not add several long books to my TBR, right? I am so glad I decided to jump right in with WARBREAKER because I am really loving it! It is a very approachable fantasy read with a magic system that revolves around the use of color among other things. I am loving the characters’ banter as well! I’m already halfway through this 24ish hour audiobook!

I am also buddy reading A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN by Roseanne A. Brown with a friend. In this one we’re following two central characters. Malik is just trying to make a new life for himself and with his sisters, but when his youngest sister is abducted he must agree to kill Princess Karina. Karina wants nothing more than to bring back her recently deceased mother, but to do so she must have the heart of a king. Offering her hand in marriage and then killing the new king seems to be the only way. These two are clearly going to go head to head and I can’t wait to continue to see how it shapes up!

I am also still making my way slowly through ULYSSES by James Joyce to get a bit of a head start on my March reading. It remains part confusing and part amusing. I’m not sure that I’m enjoying the overall experience, but I am enjoying portions along the way!

How was your weekend? What are you reading this week? I’d love to hear!

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